We can assume Commissioner Lance Landgraf knows Planning and Zoning law in Ventnor. We can also assume Landgraf gets excellent advice from Planning Board Solicitor (Atty) Leo Manos. He’s the best. Manos does everything by the book.
In regards to current Ventnor Plaza re-development plans, Landgraf can ignore recommendations from board solicitor Manos if he so chooses.
Manos: I think part of the problem is, we heard the application. We approved it. Now we’re under a timetable that we have to adopt the resolution within 30 days. So if we don’t do that, we’re going to……… the applicant going to have an issue. And what happened with the notices is, and I talked to the chairman and a couple other board members about it…. we did adopt the resolution.
On Dec. 6, Landgraf sent the following email to an impacted homeowner. Commissioner Landgraf fully aware of critical, non-compliant vote regarding Ventnor Plaza. Landgraf pretty much tells resident: ‘too bad’.
Embarrassing Screw-up by Ventnor Planning Board.
Only 11 of 33 legally required notices were sent. Of those 11 sent, most were not actual homes with a family inside. This looks really bad for Ventnor City Hall leadership.
Virtually no family that lives within 200 ft of Ventnor Plaza were notified as required by Ventnor ordinance / law.
So who DID get notified? Hmmm. Take a look.
|Atlantic City Electric||Ventnor Firehouse||City of Ventnor|
|Comcast||Atlantic County Planning Board||South Jersey Gas|
|ACUA||Atlantic County Board Commissioners||Wellington Plaza|
All Ventnor residents encouraged to attend Jan 11 Planning Board meeting and JAN 12 Commission meeting. Even if this project won’t affect you directly. All Ventnor neighborhoods need to protect themselves against unlawful planning and zoning tactics. Sometimes from their own city leadership it seems. Ventnor Advisory Committee 2023
Atlantic County Executive Denny Levinson made aware of embarrassing situation. Atlantic County is involved with this issue. They control Wellington Ave.
VENTNOR CITY ORDINANCE https://ecode360.com/8289100Notice-requirements-for-hearing
This can also happen to those on a beach block or bay front. Even business district owners are at increase risk of municipal monkey business. Ventnor taxpayers should demand greater transparency in their city government. Turn on the video cameras. Let everyone participate in public meetings using Zoom or YouTube. Share and upload all relevant documents, blueprints and renderings. Stop speaking in code. Treat taxpayers with respect. That includes 2nd homeowners. Ventnor Advisory Committee 2023
Ventnor’s Mayor Beth Holtzman, Commissioner Lance Landgraf and Commissioner Tim Kriebel. All three are directly involved with the Ventnor Planning Board making for a potential conflict of interest.
A customary traffic safety report has not been released to the public.
Planning Board Chairman Jay Cooke in reference to firehouse at Little Rock & Wellington Ave; It’s a problem intersection.
Cooke: Traffic plans, we don’t have them. We don’t know what’s going on, on that roadway.
Public Comment from Victoria Ave residents: He (Ventnor Plaza developer) blamed the city. This is what the city wanted.
Ventnor Plaza developer has 15 acres to play with. Why is city forcing developer to build a two lane road, with no safety buffer or traffic study, in our Victoria Ave backyards, with no public comment?
Ventnor Planning Board meetings are held inside Ventnor City Hall.
6201 Atlantic Avenue, Ventnor, NJ.
2nd Wednesday of each month
4th Monday of each month
|Roman Zabihach||Vice Chairman|
|Tom Halpin||Fire Official|
|Lance Landgraf||Commissioner, Construction/Code Enforcement/ Public Works|
|Tim Kriebel||Mayor’s Designee – Commissioner Public Safety|
Mayor Beth Holtzman also gets to pick board members for Ventnor’s Board of Education and Ventnor’s Planning / Zoning Board.
Mr. Manos, You’re here to represent the citizens. We didn’t get our right to speak. We never got certified letters about the meeting. Maybe you guys would have withheld vote. You should send out those letters and give us a chance to be heard. It seems like a pretty big error when 33 letters are supposed to go out and only 11 letters go out.